Former All Star in Danger of Being Cut by Lakers, Per Insider
December 29, 2021
DeAndre Jordan is a former All-Star but he may be cut by the Los Angeles Lakers. Wonder Why? The NBA veteran has the lowest plus-minus number of any other Laker.
Brian Windhorst from ESPN discussed Jordan’s situation. If you ask the NBA Insider, he will say that the Lakers may cut Jordan to keep Stanley Johnson or any other addition.
“A team to watch is the Lakers, so [the] Lakers have a full roster and they’re cost sensitive,” Windhorst said during the December 28 edition of The Hoop Collective podcast. “But DeAndre Jordan is playing very poorly for them, and basically LeBron is playing a lot of minutes at center right now. I don’t think he’s starting at center but the second half on Christmas they started him at center…or they played Carmelo for a few minutes at center, which was laughable.
“It could be a situation where the Lakers are like, we’re going to cut DeAndre Jordan to keep a player, possibly, if Stanley Johnson works out or something like that.”
The former star may be cut by the Lakers in favor of a more efficient option
Jordan’s situation is a little complicated. He is averaging 4.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. He is a former All-Star, but these numbers tell a different story.
Johnson is more productive than Jordan. He is averaging 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and a steal in 29.5 minutes per game with the Lakers. LeBron James likes Johnson, too. He appreciates his “energy and effort.”
Players like Isaiah Thomas and Johnson have a chance to get several 10-day contracts because the NBA is dealing with a surge in new COVID cases.
Windhorst believes that the Lakers may keep Johnson around for a while. In other words, Jordan may be the first Laker to leave the team. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel opted for Dwight Howard instead of Jordan for a reason. He used one big man during games, noting Howard is their big man.
“We made a decision to only use one of them unless, obviously, we have foul trouble or whatnot, and it was DeAndre for a bit,” Vogel told reporters. “I decided in the middle of first quarter last game that I wanted to see what Dwight could do, and it was Dwight for the rest of that game.
“…But it will be a situation we just monitor really on a game-to-game basis going forward but with the intention of really just giving those center minutes to one player not two. Whether it’s DeAndre or Dwight.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.